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NYPD to Expand Videotape Interrogations

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The NYPD will widen its videotaping of interrogations to include all suspects in murder and sexual assault cases.

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WNYC News

One Year Later, Assessing Occupy’s Impact

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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For the first time in several months, the Occupy Wall Street movement grabbed headlines with protests marking its first anniversary. The movement that introduced the chant "We are the 99-percent" to the lexicon, has also been marked by tensions with the police, as well tensions within the grassroots organization. But how much has changed inside and outside Occupy Wall Street in the past year?

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WNYC News

More Than 180 Arrested Near Wall Street in OWS Protests

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the movement's anniversary on Monday by clogging intersections in the city's financial district and marching to the beat of drums that were a familiar refrain last year.

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WNYC News

Civilian Complaint Board Starts Hiring for Prosecuting Unit

Monday, September 17, 2012

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The civilian board that reviews complaints against the NYPD has started the hiring process for a new unit that gives it the power to prosecute officers.

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WNYC News

NYPD Says No Immediate Threat to NY after Libya

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says there is no immediate threat to New York City following the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, but the department is watching closely.

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WNYC News

Rival Brooklyn Gang Members Swept Up in Takedown With Help of Facebook

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Forty-nine members of warring gangs in East New York are facing murder and other charges — swept up in a crackdown by law enforcement after they used social media to taunt and intimidate each other, officials announced Wednesday.

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WNYC News

Off-Duty Police Officer Stabbed in Queens

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

An off-duty police officer is in serious condition after he was stabbed inside his home in Jamaica, Queens, on Wednesday afternoon during a possible robbery, officials said.

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WNYC News

After Charges Against Him Are Dismissed, Bronx Man Files Civil Rights Suit Against NYPD

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Bronx man filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on Monday after he said he was beaten in his apartment at the hands of police last fall — an incident that was partially caught on video.

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WNYC News

City Rocked by Rash of Rare Violence Over Weekend

Sunday, September 09, 2012

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Four people are dead and four others were wounded in a series of shooting incidents scattered across the city this weekend.

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WNYC News

Police Accidentally Shoot Worker to Death

Friday, September 07, 2012

A 20-year-old Bronx bodega worker was shot dead by police as he tried to leave the building during an armed robbery Friday morning in what police said they believe was an accident, authorities said.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Debates Reining in Rogue Bike Messengers & Food Delivery Cyclists

Thursday, September 06, 2012

A NYC DOT staffer handing out examples of educational material to members of the New York City Council (photo by Kate Hinds)

Businesses should be financially liable if their delivery people disobey cycling rules.

That's a goal of a package of four bills under discussion in the New York City Council. The legislation aims to educate commercial cyclists, as well and put teeth into rules that are already on the books. One of the bills would give the Department of Transportation the authority to issue civil fines to employers who don't post signs in the workplace about traffic laws, or fail to provide lights, helmets, bells and vests to their delivery people.

Jimmy Vacca, who chairs the council's transportation committee, said one of the main goals of the legislation is to take some of the burden off of the NYPD. "The New York City Police Department has been asked to do more with less for long enough," he said, "and commercial cycling enforcement in that agency has not been a priority."

The legislation piggybacks on a campaign currently underway in the DOT. This summer, the agency created a six-person unit tasked with educating businesses about commercial cycling rules. "This unit has already gone door-to-door to over 1,350 businesses," said Kate Slevin, an assistant commissioner for the NYC DOT, at a City Council hearing on Thursday. Its efforts are focused on Manhattan's restaurant-heavy West Side right now; it will expand to the East Side, as well as Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood, by the end of this year.

Enforcement starts in January, when the unit's inspectors will begin issuing $100 tickets to businesses that aren't in compliance.

But whether a six-person unit can ensure that thousands of businesses are obeying the law is a big concern of the council -- not to mention the fact that moving violations are still under the purview of the NYPD.

"The extent of the problem that I see is tremendous," Vacca said, citing complaints about delivery people riding on sidewalks or against traffic. "I want to make sure that this unit has enough people in it to make everyone understand that the days of yesterday are gone."

He said he agreed with an idea that Council Member Peter Koo had floated earlier in the hearing about using the city's traffic agents to help enforce the rules. "What are they trained to do, just give summonses to people? ... It's an extension of their existing responsibility."

Sue Petito, a lawyer for the NYPD, tried to put the kibosh on that line of thinking. "It's a different body of laws and regulations," she said, "completely different from what their current mandate is."

Meanwhile, Robert Bookman of the New York City Hospitality Group said he wanted the council to cut restaurant owners some slack. "I just can't understand the logic of why an employer should get a summons for an employee who is provided with a helmet who chooses not to wear it," he said.

A spokesperson for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said her office was reviewing the legislation and the findings from today's hearing.

(Minutes from the meeting can be found here. Read the legislation on the City Council's website.)

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WNYC News

Soho Street Vendors to Sue NYPD, City Over Seizure of Goods

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Street vendors will file suit against the NYPD and the city on Wednesday for what they say is illegal seizure of property following a crackdown in Soho last Spring.

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Radio Rookies

The Effect of Stop-and-Frisk in the Bronx

Friday, August 31, 2012

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Five Radio Rookies walked the streets of the Bronx recently to learn more about how residents of the borough, which is 90 percent black and Latino, interact with the police. They then sat down the the city's police commissioner to ask him about community relations.

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Grand Jury to Hear Case of NYPD Shooting Near Empire State Building

Sunday, August 26, 2012

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A Manhattan grand jury will begin hearing the details of the NYPD’s shooting death of Jeffrey Johnson near the Empire State Building. While they’ll be weighing in on whether the shooting was justified, others are questioning whether the cops' actions that day were a threat to public safety.

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WNYC News

NYPD: All Shooting Victims Hit by Police Gunfire

Saturday, August 25, 2012

All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.

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Brownsville Teen Mourned

Friday, August 24, 2012

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Relatives and friends of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed on Friday, held an evening candlelight vigil at the intersection of Tapscott and Blake Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn where he was gunned down.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: No Terrorism Leads From Controversial NYPD Demographics Unit

Thursday, August 23, 2012

For more than a year we’ve known about the New York Police Department’s controversial Demographics Unit, which in conjunction with the CIA has conducted surveillance of Muslim communities in the New York metro area. This week, we learned that in its six years of existence the unit has failed to produce a single lead or generate a terrorism investigation. Associated Press reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, who were part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team that broke the story of the Demographics Unit, give us an update.

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WNYC News

NYPD Employees Disciplined for Racist Online Rants

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The NYPD disciplined 17 employees in connection to offensive remarks published on a Facebook page about revelers at last year's West Indian American Day Parade.

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WNYC News

Top Cop Ray Kelly Pushes Back on Poll Showing New Yorkers Believe NYPD Favors Whites

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly responded to a poll that showed New Yorkers believe police in the city favor whites over blacks, saying "I don't see it that way."

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The Takeaway

Controversial AP Report: NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Generated No Leads

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New York Police Department's controversial surveillance of Muslim and Middle-Eastern communities did not generate any new leads or investigations related to terrorisms, according to the latest in a Pulitzer Prize-winning series by the Associated Press. The NYPD, in turn, contends no leads were developed because that program did not conduct investigations.

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